Archive Monthly Archives: September 2006

Austin Landscaping

Texas native vegetation

With Fall upon us, this is the perfect time to add some plants to your yard! At many of the houses I view each week, it is amazing to me how so many do not enjoy the benefit that a small amount of simple and easy landscaping would provide. A few well placed and kindly […]

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Posted by Sylvia
12 years ago

Perceived Value of Real Estate Services

Value rising

I was talking with another Realtor recently who had been the listing agent on a home sold to Buyers I had represented. I was shocked to learn today that his Sellers thought he did a lousy job on that deal. The reason for their unhappiness – the home sold too fast. When I did the […]

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Posted by Steve
12 years ago

Soft market teaches flippers an ever-so-humble lesson

Flipping a home

Here is an interesting article on flipping real estate and how the soft market (in areas other than Austin) is affecting those who practice that particular form of real estate investing. The website referenced in the article doesn’t have stats for Austin, but even in our rising market of the past year, one has to […]

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Posted by Steve
12 years ago

Pictures Austin Realtors Take of Homes

Home with trashed porch

I’m often amazed at some of the photos I see of homes for sale in Austin. Given that the internet is the starting point for over 70% of buyers today, and that the photos buyers see online will strongly influence their desire to learn more about the home, one has to wonder why so many […]

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Posted by Steve
12 years ago

Lakeway tightens development rules to preserve character

Lakeway, TX

This is from the Austin Business Journal. Lakeway is west of Austin, on the south side of Lake Travis, along RR 620. See map. The city of Lakeway has tightened the rules that shape its residences, hoping to protect what city officials call Lakeway’s community feel. But some real estate experts say the move could […]

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Posted by Steve
12 years ago

Austin Landlord Tales – The Risks of Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Risks

I belong to a couple of email lists for professional property managers. One is local to Austin. The other is National and includes over 140 owners of Property Management companies from across the U.S. These forums provide a resource where Property Managers can ask questions, share advice, trade business ideas, etc. The egroups raise the […]

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Posted by Steve
12 years ago